2015 Golden Apple Award Winner Announced

The Education Committee first formed the Chamber’s Golden Apple Award 20 years ago. The award recognizes the impact that business makes on the educational community through their generosity and commitment to the schools.

Nominated by the Redwood City Education Foundation, Stanford University was recognized at the Chamber’s 2015 Annual Dinner for it’s multi-year pledges and multitude of programs that are all benefiting the schools and education here in Redwood City.

Last February 2015, RCEF received the first of five installment payments of $50,000 from Stanford University. This was by far the greatest single unrestricted gift ever received by RCEF resulting in unparalleled benefits.  Upon receiving Stanford’s gift, the RCEF has been able to grow and strengthen the sustainability of all four of their programs: Music, Technology, Wellness, and Outdoor Education.

Stanford University’s contribution to support education in our community doesn’t end there. Stanford’s Graduate School of Business has launched a bi-annual Speaker Series that features Stanford University faculty and alumni who present talks related to business education.

Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Boot Camp (EBC), an educational program customized for local Redwood City entrepreneurs. Many of our local community business members have able to take advantage of this program.

Through the John W. Gardner Center, Stanford is an active partner member of Redwood City 2020, which forges together a remarkable community partnership, designed to support the success of all youth and families and to engage and strengthen the community.

Stanford GOALS is a multi-year Stanford Prevention Research Center program to evaluate an innovative, community-based approach to addressing childhood obesity, through partnerships with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula, Redwood City Police Activities League and Redwood City Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

Health Education for Life Program for Kids (HELP) provides a health education program to Redwood City children to equip them with the knowledge, tools, and skills to make sound choices.

The Hope House Program, started in 2001, has two Stanford professors teach a course in the humanities to the residents of, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for women.

Redwood Environmental Academy of Leadership (REAL) program grew out of a Stanford K-12 Initiative and has evolved into an exemplary Sequoia Union High School District “academy” program at Redwood High. The REAL program focuses on teaching students academic and leadership skills through hands on service projects related to the environment.

Our Golden Apple Award Recipient, Stanford University exemplifies what the award means with their ongoing commitment to education showing what great partnerships can accomplish. Congratulations.